AMD's Ryzen 7900X is here to take on Intel's 12900K 

By Sandhya

September 27,2022

The Intel vs. AMD battle of 2022 has just begun

Intel brought the desktop CPU interpretation crown last year with its Core i9-12900K processor 

Now, almost a year later, AMD is ready to trade blows again with its next-generation Ryzen Zen 4 CPUs.

Built on TSMC's 5nm process node, AMD promises big gains for its latest Ryzen 7000 chips over its previous Gen 3 (Ryzen 5000 series) desktop generation. 

The flagship Ryzen 9 7950X chip costs $699 and features 16 cores, 32 threads and a boost clock of up to 5.7GHz 

We won't be reviewing that flagship chip yet, as AMD only offered the Ryzen 9 7900X at the time of review, which ships with 12 cores, 24 threads, and a 5.6GHz boost for $549. 

AMD promises a 13 percent increase in instructions per clock cycle (IPC) and up to 29 percent in single-threaded performance on the Ryzen 5000 series.

AMD wipes the floor with Intel on developer workloads and apps with the 7900X, but gaming is a mixed bag. 

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